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China to send rover to Mars in 2020 to hunt for signs of life

中国将于2020年将火星探测器送至火星,寻找生命迹象



China has made clear its ambitions in space with the announcement that it has completed construction of its first Mars rover, with a mission pencilled in for launch sometime in 2020.

中国宣布已经完成了首个火星探测器的建造,并计划在2020年某个时候发射,这表明了自己在太空领域的雄心壮志。

The rover’s primary mission is to hunt for signs of life but the probe will also explore whether the planet can be terraformed, to make it completely habitable for humans.

探测车的主要任务是寻找生命的迹象,但探测器也将探索这个星球的地形是否能被改变,使它完全适合人类居住。

Throughout its mission, the machine will reportedly take atmospheric, topographic, geological and magnetic readings, as part of a feasibility study about future exploration and perhaps even colonization of the planet.

据报道,在整个任务期间,该机器将获取大气、地形、地质和磁场读数,作为未来探索、甚至可能是星球殖民的可行性研究的一部分。



The launch of the Changzheng 5 (“Long March 5”) rocket carrying the rover is expected to take place in July or August 2020 from the Wenchang cosmodrome in Hainan Province. All going to plan, the probe could send data to Earth as early as 2021.

携带探测器的长征5号火箭预计将于2020年7月或8月从海南省文昌国际空间站发射升空。按照计划,探测器最早可以在2021年向地球发送数据。